E27597BA-C4F5-4865-B328-7E22790569EFI just watched the President of the United States of America perform a blatant act of treason for the whole world to witness. I am sitting here and typing this with tears in my eyes and feeling as if I just received a gut punch.

Please tell me that this is a nightmare or an episode of the “Twilight Zone.” This can’t possibly be real. This must be flash fiction.

#FOWC — Mission Accomplice

img_1781Donald Trump has managed to make both the Republican majority in Congress and the swamp creatures he calls his Cabinet members complicit in his mission to undermine everything the United States has stood for since the Declaration of Independence was signed 242 years ago.

What Donald Trump doesn’t realize — or maybe he does and just doesn’t care — is that he is Putin’s unwitting accomplice in the Russian autocrat’s drive to bring down America and to make Russia great again. And relevant again. Putin realizes that he cannot destroy America from the outside, so he has recruited an oblivious Donald Trump to help him destroy the country from within.

And the thin-skinned con artist from the Big Apple has acceded to Putin’s flattery and is tearing apart the diverse tapestry that makes America the great country that it is. Or that it has been, anyway.

There is little solace to be taken in this dire situation, even with the upcoming midterm elections coming up in November. Who knows if the so-called “blue wave” will actually materialize or will be of sufficient magnitude to actually turn the tide on this sad and tragic comedy that is Donald Trump.

Unless something radical happens soon, it will be too late to stop Trump from becoming the American Putin and from the United States from becoming the world’s newest autocracy.

For some excellent insight into how the principals on which our country has stood for have come undone, I strongly suggest you read this post from Judy Dykstra-Brown.

Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge where the three things are tapestry, comedy, and Big Apple. Also for the Word of the Day Challenge, “solace,” and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “accomplice.”

Another Trump Quote of the Day


“He’s now president for life, president for life. And he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

Donald Trump has already revealed that he will be running for re-election in 2020, making clear that he is planning to cling to power for the maximum eight years. But why limit his reign to just two terms?

After hearing that the ruling Communist Party in China announced that leader Xi Jinping was eliminating the two-term limit for presidency, meaning he could rule indefinitely, Trump told Republican donors at a luncheon at Mar-a-lago yesterday that he thought that was great and actually suggested that we, in the U.S., will have to “give that a shot someday.”

Sure, his surrogates, including his despicable press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will claim that he was just making a joke. But here’s a man who still denies that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections and is doing nothing to protect against further Russian meddling in this fall’s midterm elections.

He has refused to place additional sanctions on Russia even though those sanctions were overwhelmingly passed by Congress. He has his head so far up Vladimir Putin’s butt that he will never say even one negative word about the Russian dictator.

He is breaking all political and social norms, wants his political adversaries to be investigated by “his” Department of Justice, denigrates the FBI, and has given enormous political powers and influence to his daughter and corrupt son-in-law, even though neither can earn a top secret clearance from “his” FBI.

How much clearer can it be that Donald Trump and his Republican cronies on his cabinet and in the GOP-controlled Congress are tearing at the very fabric of our American democracy?

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “fabric.”

The Neophyte President

2F7166DA-A990-42E0-923A-CB05893908CCBack in March, Republican congressman and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, David Nunes, said, “The president is a neophyte to politics…sometimes he doesn’t have 27 lawyers and staff looking at what he does.”

According to, “neophyte” (beginner) was one of its top lookups that day.

It has become clear to a large majority of Americans that having a political neophyte in the White House is not a good thing. He doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. His lack of knowledge about how to get things done is astonishing. He has surrounded himself with billionaires and family members who also have little political experience and who are giving him awful advice, most of which he wouldn’t listen to anyway because, in his own words, he’s the only one who matters.

He’s making our country the laughingstock of the world. He’s rolling back regulations designed to protect and save our environment from the catastrophic consequences of man-made climate change. His reckless tweets on North Korea are threatening to bring about a nuclear war, and his kowtowing to the very wealthy and the big GOP donors in order to enact huge tax cuts for corporations and “the one percent,” while eliminating or drastically reducing funding for programs to help the middle class and the poor, is beyond the pale.

And just today, after meeting with Vladimir Putin, our neophyte president said he takes the Russian dictator at his word that Russia did not seek to interfere in the US presidential election last year, despite the findings from nearly all US intelligence agencies that it did.

I could go on, but what’s the point? You already know this and the only potential light at the end of this very dark tunnel is the Mueller inquiry into corruption, collusion, and other crimes and misdemeanors of the Trump campaign and administration, charges that might lead to Trump’s impeachment and possibly even his imprisonment.

One can only hope.

This rant was written for today’s one-word prompt, “neophyte.”

Trump Supporters Versus Reason

I did not write this post. A friend of mine emailed it to me. He didn’t write it either, but he thought it might resonate with me. It did, so I thought I’d share it.

It’s an open letter to Trump supporters signed by someone named “Craig T.” I have no idea who that is. But here is what he wrote:

Hey Trump supporters! Let’s get real for a minute.

You think I take pleasure in watching the Trump Presidency crumble in slow motion right before our eyes.

I don’t take any pleasure in it.

You think I’m giddy about the prospect of Trump, Trump Jr., Manafort, Flynn, Kushner, and the whole Trump Cartel facing criminal indictment.

I’m not giddy. 

I’m extremely disappointed in you.

This is a stain on America. An indictment of ALL of us.

You see, I tried to warn you that your Pavlovian hatred of Hillary and your utter disgust at the very idea of a black man sitting in the Oval Office for eight years was detrimental to all of us.

But you kept lying about emails and birth certificates until you convinced yourself that the lies were true.

And then when a dirtbag charlatan con artist stood before you, every word spewing from his mouth a demonstrable lie, you overlooked it.

You embraced the lies because he promised you that he would hurt the people that you hate.

And the only thing that really got hurt was the reputation of the nation that I love.

Your intense, paralyzing hatred has impaired your judgement and endangered the nation. Yet you still defend him.

Can’t you see what you’ve become? Can’t you see what you’ve done?

You’re demanding an end to an investigation that you claim is fake. If it’s fake, then it seems like you’d want it to continue to clear him of all charges. 

The only reason why you could possibly want it to end, is because you’re afraid of what it will reveal.

You tried to screw liberals and in the process, you screwed the entire nation. You’re like a political suicide bomber, detonating your device in the public square, not caring that you will kill yourself too.

But hey, as long as you hurt the people you hate, right?

Do you realize how insane your philosophy is? Do you understand how utterly detached from humanity you must be to do what you’re doing?

Think about it. Seriously! Think about this. You have taken the word of a former KGB agent and dictator of Russia over the words of your own intelligence agencies, the very people who have taken an oath to defend you against people like Putin.

Can’t you see how utterly treasonous that is?

What has the conservative machine done to you over the last 30 years that overnight, your enemies have become your allies and your allies, your enemies?

We warned you long before now that Trump was going down. And it appears that your hatred is going to lead you to go down with him, taking America’s reputation in the world with you.

But hey, at least you hurt a lot of people that you hate in the process, right?